Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snow and a show

I have finally gotten around to painting a seasonal scene. A warm location is always my first choice, but winter shadows on a sunny day are hard to resist. One of the things that attracts me to a subject like this, is contrast: shadows vs. light, cool vs. warm, sharp focus vs. soft. These things can make about any subject more interesting and dynamic. Trying to capture them is one of the reasons I don't get tired of painting. Winter brook, oil, 14" x 10"

On another note, I just installed artwork for a group show of the Glenview Art League at The BookMarket in the Glen Town Center. I was happy to find out another graphic designer/painter I knew joined the group: Deb Anderson. She has some great pieces in the show and she's also, like me, a North Park University alum.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More palms

I almost forgot about this one from my trip. Started on the beach with the other painters from the workshop, we were interrupted by a sunshine shower. Finished it up when I got home. Palms at Manele, oil 12" x 12"

I've been putting off winter subjects. I think I need try one next.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One more from Lanai

My last afternoon on Lanai I painted this little one near the Four Seasons Manele Bay resort. All the essentials of a tropical paradise: warm sunshine, golden sand, turquoise surf, and rustling palm fonds. I worked on this for an hour or so, and could resist the call of the ocean no-longer. A great place to snorkel.
Ocean front, oil, 8" x 6"

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Another Sweetheart

Another view of Sweetheart Rock on Lanai. I'm always drawn to scenes with distant as well as foreground subjects. The afternoon light made the rock so dimensional and I love the blues and purples of the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe. Afternoon at Sweetheart Rock, oil, 10" x 16"

And here are a couple of shots of our workshop group painting around this little bay that day.